Governor Larry Hogan recently joined Governor Yuji Kuroiwa of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan to renew a Memorandum of Understanding highlighting the regions' commitment to academic and business partnerships in the life sciences.
The Maryland-Kanagawa Sister State partnership was established in 1981. Throughout the decades, bilateral projects have ranged from lacrosse exchanges to arts and culture programming, women's issues, a clean energy research mission, and student visits. A delegation of Kanagawa high school students is currently taking part in a two-week English language and American culture study program at UMBC.
This MOU renewal focuses on advancing the life sciences and health care as well as the potential for health-related collaboration in other industry sectors including cybersecurity and robotics.
“It is clear that Maryland and Japan share many connections—perhaps most apparent through our sister state-prefecture relationship with Kanagawa, which continues to be one of our oldest, most important sister state relationships in the world," said Governor Hogan.